(Cleveland) - Hall of Famer Jim Brown has rejoined the Cleveland Browns as special advisor, working with fans & the Community.
In This role, Brown will perform in a variety of off-field capacities with the club and in the community.
The former star running back was with the Browns from 1957 until his sudden retirement in 1965.
Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam introduced Brown during a news conference Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Haslam said, "It's my pleasure to welcome back the greatest Brown of all."
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Haslam says having Jim Brown with the team and the Cleveland community is "tremendously important." Haslam says that Brown is "still the man" in Cleveland and carries a lot of respect among current NFL players.
“Jim Brown is one of the most iconic figures, not just in Cleveland, but the entire NFL,” said Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam. “His playing career still stands as one of the most remarkable in league annals, and his work in the community since his retirement, especially with our youth, has been just as impressive. He will be a tremendous asset to our organization and we are thrilled that he will be representing the Browns in many different capacities.”
Brown says he's here to help his old team win games.
“I am excited to be back and a part of a franchise that will always be very close to my heart,” Brown said. “I want to thank Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner for giving me this chance to return to the organization and the great city of Cleveland, whose fans are the best in the NFL and who always have supported me. I look forward to getting started and once again make difference, not just with the franchise but in the Northeast Ohio community.”
Brown previously served as an Executive Advisor with the team, a position he held through 2010.. His role was then eliminated by former team president Mike Holmgren. Brown had been estranged from the team for a few years, but returned to play in an alumni golf outing last summer and met with Haslam, who had just bought the team from Randy Lerner.
Brown spoke then about his desire to work again with the team.
He is the team's career rushing leader with 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns. Brown’s number 32 was retired by the club and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Brown is very active with his Amer-I-Can Program, which works in schools, prisons and communities across the country.
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